Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Irene Rosenfeld abandons her quest for Hershey, Fox News and Andrea Tantaros trade barbs, and Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner are done. Have a great Tuesday.
• The last straw. Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, says she is separating from her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, in the wake of his latest sexting scandal. Weiner, it seems, traded sexual messages with an unidentified woman last year while his and Abedin’s 5-year-old son was asleep next to him.
Perhaps not surprisingly, this news unleashed a flurry of commentary from the peanut gallery. Donald Trump was quick to weigh in, saying Abedin “will be far better off”—and calling Clinton “careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information.” The Washington Post‘s Amber Phillips, meanwhile, took some (deserved) heat for her sexist and victim-blaming coverage of the split, in which she wrote that the incident is “raising questions about [Abedin’s] decision to leave their son in a potentially dangerous situation.”
Given their careers—and their involvement with the 2016 documentary Weiner, though there’s some question about how willingly Abedin participated—it’s all but impossible to make an argument that Abedin and her husband aren’t public figures, and that certain elements of their lives aren’t newsworthy. (Fortune, after all, was among those that reported news of their split.) But that doesn’t stop me from feeling queasy about watching the dissolution of Abedin’s marriage chronicled on the homepage of every major news organization.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Clark is lovin’ it. McDonald’s is consolidating its nearly $1 billion advertising business with Omnicom. The company will launch a so-far unnamed unit—to be overseen by Wendy Clark, CEO of Omnicom’s DDB North America —which will handle business exclusively for the burger behemoth.
• No chocolate for Rosenfeld. Snacking giant Mondelez has ended its $25 billion efforts to buy chocolate icon Hershey, saying it had determined there was “no actionable path forward toward an agreement.” The announcement puts Mondelez in uncertain territory: While a statement from CEO Irene Rosenfeld—No. 9 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list—implies that the company may still be on the hunt for deals, some analysts believe that, at its current size, Mondelez itself is a likely takeover target.
• Nothing healthy about it. National Institutes of Health neuro-immunologist Bibiana Bielekova has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint, accusing the men who run the institution of gender bias. The stats suggest she may be on to something: Just 22% of the tenured research scientists at NIH are women.
• Getting testy. Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, who filed a lawsuit earlier this month claiming that she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, is challenging the network’s former CEO, as well as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and several others Foxers to a lie detector test. Meanwhile, the news organization struck back against Tantaros, filing a motion to move her sexual harassment lawsuit into arbitration and saying the former anchor “is not a victim; she is an opportunist.”
• Vestager takes a bit out of Apple. Margrethe Vestager, the EU commissioner for competition, has ordered Ireland to claw back about $14 billion from Apple over illegal tax breaks. The decision is the result of an investigation into whether the nation gave preferential treatment to Apple, and part of a larger European crackdown on corporate tax avoidance. However, some U.S. companies and officials believe it also part of a multi-pronged EU campaign against American tech companies.
• Science of speed. Meet 30-year-old Bonnie Wade, manager of Lamborghini’s Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory. Her team is in the midst of developing technologies expected to transform the next generation of Lambos.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Bridget van Kralingen, IBM’s former SVP of Global Business Services, has been named to a new role: SVP of Industry Platforms.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• She outta know. Esther Wojcicki ― mom of YouTube CEO Susan, 23andMe founder Anne, and pediatrics and epidemiology professor Janet ― shares her tips for raising confident daughters.
• Would Hillary help? 60% of 18-30 year-olds believe that a Hillary Clinton administration would have no effect on the level of discrimination against women, according to a new national poll. Respondents were split on the question of whether Clinton’s gender helps or hurts her campaign: men were more likely to say it’s a benefit and women were more likely to say it’s a hindrance.
• Stars—they’re just like us! There are some things even pop superstardom can’t get you out of… Taylor Swift, who was conspicuously absent from Sunday’s VMAs, was called for jury duty in Tennessee (she was ultimately excused).
• He said, she said. On Monday’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski, expressed concern that Donald Trump may not be mentally fit to serve as president. Brzezinski and Trump have something of an ongoing feud—last week, the GOP nominee attacked the anchor on Twitter, calling her “off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess.”
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ON MY RADAR
|The bottom-line message is that we are never going to get to gender equality between men and women unless we value the work of care as much as we value paid work — or when both men and women do it.|
| -- New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter |